Bloodline of the Holy Grail
In Bloodline Of The Holy Grail (ISBN: 0-7607-0735-9), author Laurence Gardner unravels Grail lore and shows its hidden meaning. The book evidences strong scholarship on the part of the author, and reveals "the hidden lineage of Jesus." Mr. Gardner provides an abundance of sources, of which Conspiracy Nation has not yet delved into. Because of Gardner's evident expertise, Conspiracy Nation, a general publication covering a wide range of conspiracy "theories," is not in a position to definitively state how accurate the assertions in Bloodline Of The Holy Grail are. Here is the gist of what Gardner says. (All claims are by Mr. Gardner, except where otherwise noted.)
THAT the supposed "virgin birth" of Jesus Christ is a purposeful error, propounded by the Roman Church. Jesus's birth was like any other, with sexual intercourse between Joseph and Mary leading to conception. The Bible goes to the trouble of specifically detailing Jesus's lineage, for example in Matthew, chapter one: "And Jesse begat David the king... and Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary..." The purpose of these geneological details was to show Jesus's royal lineage. The Catholic Church, in their own power grab, invented the idea of "Apostolic Succession," thereby misrepresenting themselves as ruling by divine right. Jesus Christ was of the royal House of David, and was in fact a King. The term "Christ" means King -- hence, "Jesus the Christ" means "Jesus the King." However, due to infighting amongst Jewish factions, and especially due to Jesus's wish to unite Jews and Gentiles against the Roman occupation, his far-sighted plans to liberate his homeland did not succeed.
THAT Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. The Bible does not say Jesus married, but neither does it say he did not marry. (Gardner offers a lot of evidence to back up his claim that Mary Magdalene was Jesus's wife.)
THAT Mary Magdalene bore Jesus two sons, Jesus II Justus and Joseph (known as Josephes), and a daughter, Tamar. But this information was viciously suppressed by the Roman Church, due to the threat it posed to their doctrine of Apostolic Succession.
THAT the royal Davidic bloodline did not die out with the "death" of Jesus Christ, but exists today. That Jesus the Christ (Jesus the King) did not die on the cross, but survived, thanks to help from friends.
THAT Mary Magdalene journeyed to what is now France, and that her second son, Josephes was born in what is now Marseilles.
THAT the concept of the "Holy Grail" is derived from Sangreal. "From this came San Greal = San Graal = Saint Grail = Holy Grail. More correctly, it was the Sang Real -- the Blood Royal, carried by the uterine Chalice of Mary Magdalene."
THAT "the Gospels were written in a veiled format to elude Roman scrutiny."
THAT Joseph of Arimathea took his nephew, Jesus II Justus, to the West of England for awhile. That in AD 53, Jesus II was proclaimed Crown Prince at the synagogue in Corinth. That at about this time, younger brother Josephes finished being educated at a Druidic college and was living in present-day France with his mother, Mary Magdalene. That Jesus the Christ seems to have died in India. That Mary Magdalene died in AD 63, in southern France.
THAT the first-born son of Jesus II Justus, Galains (a.k.a. Alain, in Grail lore), remained celibate and fathered no children. That the Grail heritage reverted to the line of younger brother Josephes.
THAT the Roman emperor Constantine, faced with an ascendantly powerful population of Christians, made the calculated move of embracing Christianity, and thereby co-opted the emergent Catholic Church. "[Constantine's] purpose was not to join the faith under the authority of the Bishop of Rome, but to take over the Christian Church in its entirety." That the farce of Apostolic Succession continued, with nominees selected by the Roman emperors.
THAT the true royal bloodline in Gaul (France), in the form of the Merovingian kings, was a great threat to the Roman Church. That although the ultimate descent of the Merovingian kings was Jewish, they were not practicing Jews. "They were avid students of proper kingly practice in the ancient tradition, and their model was King Solomon, the son of David." That the Merovingian king, Clovis, married a Catholic, Queen Clotilde, and through her influence King Clovis was baptized. That when news of King Clovis's baptism spread, a "great wave of conversions followed, and the Roman Church was effectively saved from almost inevitable collapse." That through Catholic plotting, the Merovingians were dis-empowered and Rome ruled Gaul (France).
THAT the name of "Britain" is derived from "B'rith-ain" which means "Covenant Land." That the lineages of Jesus and James of Arimathea were combined in B'rith-ain's (Britain's) King Arthur. That the first appointed Bishop of Rome was Britain's Prince Linus. That the Grail Family founded the House of Camulod (Camelot). That the term "Merrie England" is derived from Mary Jacob (St. Mary the Gypsy) who came to Europe with Mary Magdalene in 44 AD. That there was a widespread cult of Mary the Gypsy in medieval England. "As Maid Marian, her cult is incorporated in the Robin Hood legends" and in the Merrie Men (Robin Hood and his Merrie Men). That the "divine legacy of the Sangreal [Blood Royal] was perpetuated in the sovereign and most noble houses of Britain and Europe -- and it is still extant today."
THAT Grail lore was actively suppressed by the Roman Church, and "underground symbolism" was utilized to help evade Catholic censorship. That an example of this underground symbolism is the Tarot cards.
THAT the Knights Templars were and are the guardians of the Sangreal (Blood Royal). That by 1127 AD, the Knights Templars had recovered an enormous treasure buried beneath King Solomon's Temple. (It has been suggested that the alchemical quest to turn base metals into gold may have been a way to disguise this sudden influx of treasure.) That along with gold and other treasures, ancient learned texts were recovered. That knowledge gleaned from these texts facilitated the building of the marvelous Gothic cathedrals in France. That through their great wealth and knowledge, the Knights Templars became "probably the most influential body the world has ever known" and established "the first international banking network." That by 1306 AD, King Philippe of France was almost bankrupt and was heavily in debt to the Knights Templars. That King Philippe conspired with the Pope and they persecuted the Knights Templars. The Knights Templars were accused of heresy, arrested, tortured, and executed. That the Templar treasures were secretly removed to Scotland, and that Papal orders to arrest the Templars were ignored in Scotland. That "from the time of Robert the Bruce, each successive Bruce and Stewart heir was a Knight Templar from birth..." That, contrary to Establishment "history," the Knights Templars did not become extinct in the 1300s.
THAT the early Stewarts (French adaptation, Stuarts) had conjoined lineages from both Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus Christ. That the late Princess Diana was descended from the Stewarts, and hence had the Sangreal (Blood Royal). That the House of Windsor, into which Diana married, are imposters and usurpers. That the House of Windsor is the fake name of the House of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, changed to "House of Windsor" during World War I to hide its German heritage. That "the legitimate Royal House of Stuart (Stewart) exists today..."